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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 01 May 2013

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Wednesday 1st May 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Welfare Issues – a Consumer Choice?

The question of animal welfare and consumer choice has been raised on both sides of the Atlantic this week.

In the UK the British pig industry is to start checking that pork from illegal European Union farms is not entering the British food chain – that is pork from farms that have still failed to institute a ban on gestation crates.

National Pig Association's "Exercise Compliance" follows its website Wall of Fame, where the nation's top retailers and brands have pledged not to sell pork or pork products from continental farms that are flouting the European sow stalls ban.

The British producers say that more than 60 per cent of European Union countries have failed to comply with Europe's sow stalls ban, which was introduced at the beginning of this year.

Earlier this year, the European Commission wrote a formal notice letter to Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Poland and Portugal telling them to take action to ensure the Directive banning sow stalls is implemented.

In Canada, the Retail Council of Canada has announced that all eight of the largest Canadian supermarket chains — Walmart Canada, Costco Canada, Metro, Loblaw, Safeway Canada, Federated Co-operatives, Sobeys and Co-op Atlantic — will move away from gestation crate confinement of pigs in their supply systems over the next nine years.

Humane Society International/Canada and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) applauded the announcement.

The Retail Council of Canada said: “Increasingly, stakeholder expectations have…been changing and industry is being encouraged to shift towards alternative [gestation crate-free] housing practices. The Retail Council of Canada believes that sows should be housed in an environment where their pregnancy, health and well-being are taken into highest consideration.”

In a major move in the pig meat processing sector, the European giant VION Foods has announced that it is to split off its ingredients division to concentrate on the core business of meat processing.

The company has already sold its UK pig meat business to a management buyout and the remainder of the UK red meat and poultry business to the owners of the processor 2 Sisters.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS: Static Egg Consumption in Europe
With little growth in the human population and egg consumption generally flat, there is little chance of significant growth in overall European egg consumption, writes industry analyst, Terry Evans.

Slow Headway for Food Safety
Despite the availability of new and preventive methods against foodborne diseases, their uptake throughout the entire chain of food production appears to be slow.

Reducing E.Coli in Broiler Chick Caeca
A substantial reduction in the colonisation of broiler chick caeca by E.coli producing elements that confer resistance to antibiotics was achieved by the use of a commercial competitive exclusion product, according to new research from Scandinavia.

Control of Salmonella Contamination of Shell Eggs
A new and thorough review from researchers based in Romania and Belgium examines how Salmonella contamination of shell eggs can be minimised by preventative methods on the farm and further along the food chain.

Canadian Beef Tenderness Survey: 2001–2011
Changes in the animal population, production systems, carcase processing and distribution and handling before the meat went on display could be responsible for improvements in tenderness in Canadian beef.

Effects of Outdoor Access on Carcase and Meat Characteristics in Broilers
According to a Chinese study, growth performance and carcase yield were not affected by the birds having access to an outdoor area but some aspects of meat quality were better for free-range birds.

Call for New Research on E.coli in Cattle
E. coli O157 control through feed additives and cattle vaccines should be investigated, the Food Standards Agency has reported.

Company News

Slow Start to Year for Marel
ICELAND - Meat and food processing equipment manufacturer, Marel, has reported a slow start to the year but says that now orders received are picking up.
Market Reports

QMS (Quality Meat Scotland) - April 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 25 April 2013
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 25 April 2013
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - April 2013
USDA GAIN: South Korea Seafood Products Market Brief 2013
USDA Livestock Slaughter - April 2013
USDA Poultry Slaughter - April 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 25 April 2013
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 26 April 2013
Irish CSO - Livestock Slaughterings March 2013
USDA Milk Production, Disposition, and Income 2012 Summary - April 2013
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - Week 17
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 29 April 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 28 April 2013
USDA Poultry - Production and Value - 2012 Summary (April 2013)
USDA Dairy Products - 2012 Summary (April 2013)
UK Milk Prices and Composition of Milk – March 2013
UK Total Income from Farming 2012 - 1st Estimate

Global Meat Industry News

   Korea, South

Import Price Hike for Agricultural and Fishery Goods in March

   United States

MusicFest Lineup Set for World Pork Expo
CME: Cold Storage Protein Stocks 4.4 per cent Up
Chicken: Safe, Healthy Part of Balanced Diet, Says NCC
Safety of Chemical Use in Poultry Plants Questioned
Bumble Bee Foods Launches New MSC Certified Fish Products
Beef Products Inc Fined $450,000 over Ammonia Leak
Continental Grain Calls for Shake up at Smithfield Foods
Market Sales of Cattle, Hogs Up in 2012
New Bill Opens Way for Migrant Workers
Court Orders FDA to Introduce New Food Safety Regulations
Egg Bill Blasted by Animal Protection Organisations
Coalition Applauds Introduction of Agricultural Worker Bill
TPP Offers Opportunities for Agriculture
CME: Notable Reductions Seen in Pork, Beef and Poultry Outputs
CME: Spring and Summer Futures Dip Amongst Corn Concerns
In-package Plasma Process Kills Bacteria
New Study on Teens Fueled by High-Protein Lean Pork
New Mandatory Reporting Good, but Not Without Pain
Turkey Federation Refutes Alarmist Food Safety Claims


Pork Council Meeting Highlights Areas of Concern
Pork Producers Find Value in Certifying Swine as PRRS-Free
CME: Canadian Packing Plant Closure Limiting US Slaughter
Cattlemen Resume Call for Beef Irradiation
Canadian Pork Producers Meet with NAFTA Counterparts


GAA, ASC & GLOBALG.A.P Work Together on Fish Certifications
Consultation Launched on MSC Fishery Standard Review
Celebrating World Veterinary Day
G-8 Members Agreed to New Alliance for Food Security, Nutrition Initiative

   United Kingdom

CAP Budget Cuts Require Rethink of Spending
Roslin Study Shows How Salmonella Colonises the Gut
Farmed Scottish Salmon has Global Appeal
Consumer Appetite for Fresh Beef and Lamb Increases
Dairy Crest and Arla Announce Milk Price Increases
New £300,000 Fish Market Opens in Ardglass
Strong Interest in Associated Seafoods Salmon at Seafood Expo
UK Lamb Forecast Revised Down
LMC: Better Prices Available For In spec Steers and Heifers
Importance of Farm Assurance Status Increasing
On-line Guides to Stunning
Exercise Compliance will Check for Illegal Pig Meat


USMEF Chief Hails Trade Developments with Japan a Success
BSE Testing in Japan Reviewed


Drought Conditions Lead to Emergency Powder Ruling
BRF Profit Soars

   European Union

VION Splits Food and Ingredients Sectors
CAP Agreement Expected in June
€35.97m EU Support to Promote Agricultural Products


China Hog Markets
IPC: Poultry is Safe When Properly Cooked
Food Prices Remain Stable
China to Tighten Food Safety Regulations
Sino-French Agreement on Meat and Agricultural Exports
Pork Price Drops to 30-Month Low


First Icelandic MSC Certified Product Now Available
Two Icelandic Fisheries Enter MSC Assessment


Aquaculture Takes Off inTimor-Leste to Tackle Poverty


11 Taiwanese Tilapia Farms get ASC Certification

   Russian Federation

Russia May Halt Norwegian Salmon Imports Again
Russian Restricts Imports of Animal Products from Spain


First MSC Certified Tuna from Fiji Goes to Europe

   Hong Kong

Beef Prices Rising in Hong Kong


Thai Seafood Sector – Sustainable and Beating Illegal Practices


Bahrain MPs Set to Vote against Pork


Bachoco Reports Quarterly Net Sales up Seven Per Cent


Food Security Policies See Upturn in Production


Atria Sales and Profit Improve


Bahrainis Slam Proposed Pork Ban, Penalties


Marine Harvest Plans Cermaq Takeover


Power of Meat at ICoMST


Election Partly Blamed for Pork Price Rise


Paraguay Officially Above Mexico in Beef Exports


Global Poultry Trends 2011
S + S at IFFA 2013


Randox Food Diagnostics


Meyn - Poultry Processing Solutions

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